Fitzpatrick appointed to advisory committee

The committee will oversee implementation of NDP government’s health action plan

HEU third vice president Colleen Fitzpatrick has been appointed to an advisory committee which will monitor and evaluate the implementation of the NDP government’s health action plan announced by Premier Ujjal Dosanjh on Dec. 5, 2000.

The committee is made up of 11 British Columbians who represent a diverse range of expertise and experience in health care. It will be chaired by Dr. Perry Kendall, B.C.’s provinical health officer.

“I want to ensure that all parts of the health care system are held accountable for results, and I’ve named this independent committee to help measure our progress and advise on the implementation of the new plan,” said health minister Corky Evans.

“This is a unique opportunity for me to participate in this process,” said Fitzpatrick. “I’ll be able to bring the perspective of a first hand caregiver to the committee.” She is especially interested in the plan’s focus on the nursing team and on home support.

“The NDP’s health action plan contains concrete solutions to help get our Medicare system firing on all cylinders,” says HEU secretary-business manager Chris Allnutt. “With people like Fitzpatrick on the committee, we can be assured that these solutions will go forward.”

The first meeting of the advisory committee is set for Jan. 15. It will meet and report regularly to the health minister.